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EAP Newsletter – August 2019

EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) has released their latest newsletter.

The focus in this edition is on Financial Wellness and includes articles written by members of the Authorised Financial Adviser (AFA) team within EAP.

Topics include:
– Why Financial Wellness is so important
– Using the Financial Wellness Meter in the EAP Now app
– Tips to manage your KiwiSaver scheme
– How to easily measure and track your own Financial Wellness

EAP Financial Advisers are available for UC staff to access as part of our agreement with EAP.  These sessions, as with all EAP sessions, are confidential and free.

Access the newsletter here.

CELEBRATING FRESH THINKING: PROFESSORIAL LECTURE SERIES

Join me in celebrating the very substantive contribution to academe made by Professor Richard Watt and Professor Jędrzej Białkowski in the next presentation in the Professorial Lecture Series for 2019.

Date:               Thursday 1 August from 4.30 – 6.00pm

Location:        E14 – Engineering Core

I encourage all staff and postgraduate students to attend this lecture, to actively support our new Professors, and take the opportunity to appreciate the fantastic research being undertaken in parts of the university we may be less familiar with.

“The Economics of Music and the Music of Economics” – Presented by Professor Richard Watt, Department of Economics & Finance

Economics, in one way or another, is concerned with decision making – choosing the optimal course of action from among those available. As such, one of the principal applications of economics is to study decision making along the value chain of goods and services in an economy, or more generally, decision making in “markets”. A study of a market begins with the entrepreneurial actions of bringing together inputs (raw materials, labour, capital, etc.) to create something useful, then the resulting goods and services must be made available to the consuming public (decisions around transportation, and retailing), and finally the consumers themselves decide which of them to consume (depending on their income, their preferences, and the prices of the goods and services that are available). Of all of the goods and services that circulate in an economy, “music” is one of the most fascinating, with a series of particular circumstances that have tested standard economic theory in many ways. In this talk, Professor Watt will outline the economics of the “music market”, touching on its special characteristics and the economic institutions that have evolved, and that continue to evolve, to contribute to the music market being functional, profitable, and welfare enhancing.

“Greener than a Greenback: Might the idea of socially responsible investing change the finance industry?” – Presented by Professor Jedrzej Bialkowski, Department of Economics and Finance. 

Since the beginning of the 21st century, the idea of socially responsible (or sustainable and responsible) investing (SRI) has become increasingly popular, attracting a substantial amount of investors’ money and moving from a niche investing strategy to a mainstream one. SRI market participants typically seek to achieve financial returns combined with consideration of some aspect of firms’ environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) profiles. Given the rapid proliferation of green financial products, the increasing assets under management and the differences across the products, it is important to understand this growth and the investor demand behind it.

Professor Jedrzej Bialkowski will discuss the past, current trends and the challenges faced by so-called green finance. In particular, he will focus on the behaviour of SRI investors and the performance of different types of assets in terms of risk/return profile and exposure to ESG values. Light will be shed on the importance of regulations for the development of socially responsible investing.

Professor Ian Wright

Deputy Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Tuarua

 

 

Financial Planning for Under 35s – FREE

Want to start being smart with your money?

Come along to our financial planning seminar and learn how to get your finances sorted.

The Getting Started seminar is designed for those in the under 35 age group. It will cover information about what are the most important things to do for people starting out on their financial planning journey, including:

  • Cash flow
  • Kiwisaver
  • Debt management

Thursday, 19 July 2018
12 noon to 1.30pm

Please register your interest for this seminar by contacting Shelley Dick via email, or phone (03) 375 4040.

More NZFP Seminars will also be held this year for the 35–55 age group, and the 60+ age group.

Please see the Learning and Development: Financial Planning Seminars intranet page for further information.

FMIS goes live!

The systems that underpin UC’s financial processes, including how we receive money, pay suppliers and pay your salary, have been the subject of a two year Finance Management Information System (FMIS) refresh project, that goes live this morning (8 October 2015) at 10am.

This puts the UC in a strong position, now being on the latest hardware and software.  Getting to this point is a reflection on the hard work and commitment from all those in the ICT/Financial Services project team and wider UC finance community.

More information about the project.